My take on the horse meat scandal
In the past few weeks, horse meat has been discovered in frozen lasagna from a famous European brand. This has been a huge scandal as English people do not eat horse meat and this raises questions about what we eat.
In the wake of this, many more tests have been done in Europe and elsewhere. As a result, Icelanders have discovered there is no meat in their meat pies, kebab eaters have discovered traces of pork in their favorite food and so on.
Given how wasteful our agriculture and food distribution are, this is another reason and more than high time to evolve toward a system that encourages QUALITY over QUANTITY.
In this regard, the tips I wrote all the way back to 2009 have never been more true. In a nutshell :
- Don’t waste
- Eat less
- Eat less meat
- Eat local
To what I would add : start cooking your own food. Sure, buying local and in some cases organic will cost more, but this will be an incentive not to waste food.
Ready cooked meals are sure convenient : they are ready to be eaten in a few minutes and if you are in a hurry and starving you don’t mind much else. Granted, but be advised, you probably don’t wan’t to know what there is inside.
The alternative to this is to cook in advance some great stuff, but not everybody likes cooking, or want to find the time to do so. (Yet it is so much fun and gratifying to learn to cook your own food)
In any case, and to conclude, it’s more than time to change the way we produce and sell food. Low prices are not encouraging quality nor are they encouraging people to treat their food with respect.